Warning Graphic: Dead bodies dug up, dressed and pictured smoking in Creepy Family photos

Members of the Tarajan tribe in Indonesia dig up their relatives every three years
But members of one remote tribe want their relatives to stay with them after they’ve gone.In Torja in the South Sulawesi region of Indonesia, the Tarajan people dig up their dead relatives every three years, groom them and dress them in fashionable new clothes.

**WARNING: Some readers may find images below disturbing**

Tarajan corpse smoking a cigaretteCLAUDIO SIEBER/BARCROFT IMAGES
In a series of incredible pictures, the tribespeople take pictures with their dead bodies, many of who died years earlier, wearing sunglasses, next to mobile phones, and even smoking cigarettes.The Ma’nene festival, which translates as the “Cleaning of the Corpse” ceremony, has been carried out for centuries by the Tarajan, who believe that spirits will reward them for taking care of the dead.

The creepy tradition dates back to when an animal hunter named Pong Rumasek found a corpse abandoned in the mountains under a tree.

He dressed the body in his own clothes and gave him a proper burial — and was then apparently blessed with good fortune.Funeral ceremonies are extremely important to the Tarajan, and are often held weeks, months or even years after a loved one’s death to give the relatives enough time to raise the money.

Many families go deeply into debt holding extravagant services.

Tarajan tribesman with the body of his wifeCLAUDIO SIEBER/BARCROFT IMAGESLOVING: A Tarajan tribesman tenderly cleans the face of his wife who died two years ago

As well as dressing up the corpses and adding their favourite belongings, the Tarajan also use the ceremony as a chance to repair or replace the coffins to stop bodies from decomposing too much.In one picture, a grandpa “Ne Pua” who died 85 years ago is shown in a fashionable suit, and with modern belongings like a mobile phone and sunglasses.

Relatives put on surgical masks to avoid bacterial infections from the corpses.

Tarajan family photo with relatives' corpsesCLAUDIO SIEBER/BARCROFT IMAGES
Most of the 650,000 Torajan people are Muslim or Christian, but some still practice “Aluk Todolo”, or “the Way of the Ancestors”.In another picture, a man lights a cigarette for the corpse of his grandfather Songa who died in 1977.

The ceremony is also a way of remembering loved ones who died more recently.

The Indonesian government has not tried to ban the practice, but recently a new Black Death plague in Madagascar was blamed on a similar tribal tradition of families digging up loved ones’ corpses for a special dance ritual.

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